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I've Got to Make My Livin' free pdf For many years, the interrelated histories of prostitution and cities have perked the ears of urban scholars, but until now the history of urban sex work has dealt only in passing with questions of race. In "I've Got to Make My Livin", Cynthia Blair explores African American women's sex work in Chicago during the decades of some of the city's most explosive growth, expanding not just our view of prostitution, but also of black women's labor, the Great Migration, black and white reform movements, and the emergence of modern sexuality. Focusing on the notorious sex districts of the city's south side, Blair paints a complex portrait of black prostitutes as conscious actors and historical agents, prostitution, she argues here, was an arena of exploitation and abuse, as well as a means of resisting middle-class sexual and economic norms. Blair ultimately illustrates just how powerful these norms were, offering stories about the struggles that emerged among black and white urbanites in response to black women's increasing visibility in the city's sex economy. Through these powerful narratives, "I've Got to Make My Livin" reveals the intersecting racial struggles and sexual anxieties that underpinned the celebration of Chicago as the quintessentially modern twentieth-century city.

About Cynthia Blair

Cynthia Blair is associate professor in the Department of African American Studies and the Department of History at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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Author : Cynthia Blair
Publisher : University of Chicago Press
Data Published : 12 August 2010
ISBN : 0226055981
EAN : 9780226055985
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 312 pages
Age + : 18 years
Language : English
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